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I can only speak for the British market and lets remember that everything has its fashion and its time for buying and selling.
Over the years I have collected and horded many things one example was 1950's glass both Murano and Whitefriars. Two years ago when the new minimalist look came into fashion it became most desireable and brought top prices at auction…needless to say I sold it and reinvested the money in other things, the prices have now gone way down and unless you have Lalique ( which will always be a good investment ) the fashion for glass is in the decline IMHP
I have also collected the old powder compacts and unlike the solid market these little gems remain on the up and up for the simple reason that a good MIB example is now getting very rare. A few years ago they could be picked up for very little money but now prices can be sky high for the right ones.
The prices of the solids have gone down a lot this year and I do feel that a lot of the more expensive ones should be limited in number, this would keep the prices steady and our investments more protected ( the best example of this theory is the English Emblem ) Estee Lauder is only interested in selling solids and not protecting the prices and I firmly believe that this will never change…..after all they are in business to sell as many as poss and make a profit.
As for the future of solid collecting……The older ones will always keep their price, but what you buy for the joy of collecting this year in ten years time will be an older solid as well…..SO HAVE PATIENCE AND WAIT FOR A FEW YEARS….. <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ />
My regards to you all……..Margaret